Alleviate The Sufferings of The People, GRS Told

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan views with concern on the escalation of pork prices as prices are set to increase for the fifth time starting today (Monday).

In a statement, Warisan Luyang Branch Chief Samuel Wong said that it will certainly burden consumers whereby it is largely consumed by non-Muslim communities.

“People’s livelihood have been adversely affected by the pandemic and many households find it difficult to even put food on the table.”

“Prices of other wet and dry food items have also increased. Inflation is real in Sabah.”

“What are the plans of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government to alleviate the sufferings of the people?”

“The people already know that swine flu and increased animal feed price are the main reasons causing the reduction in pork supply. So what are the comprehensive plans undertaken by the government to mitigate this in the short run?”

“We cannot afford to rely on imported pork in the long run because we will lose out in terms of foreign exchange.”

Warisan urged the GRS government to temporarily provide aid to pig farms affected by the swine flu.

A further proposal for the government to explore is to subsidize cost of animal feed on condition that all pork suppliers and retailers agreeing to a reduced price.

Hence pork prices can be controlled, preventing prices from escalating further as animal feeds are imported.

“We should always rely on producing our on agricultural food as Sabah is so blessed with large tracts of land and suitable environment. So we must always look after our local agricultural players.”

Elaborating further, Samuel added that a separate consumer price index (CPI)
measurement for Sabah should be used so as to gauge the measure actual inflation rate that is prevailing in Sabah because of our diverse culture and ethnicity. A general CPI cannot be used for the whole nation.

“Solutions can be found if the government has the determined will to help the people in tackling escalation of food prices. GRS must place its priorities right.”

“Sabahans deserve better than just mere ‘Sabah Maju Jaya’ slogan which doesn’t translate into real benefits for the people of Sabah. Please help the people now.” said Samuel.